Although Turkey is considered to be a country rich in ancient history, the country’s modern life began around 1923. In fact, today Turkey is considered to be an associate member of the European community. Turkey borders the Black, Aegean, and Mediterranean Seas. The country has a very hot climate, particularly closer to inland areas. Coal and iron, along with many different natural stones are just a few of Turkey’s natural resources. Even in today’s modern times, the median age of most Turkish people, both men and women, is only around 30 years old. The largest religion practiced in Turkey is Muslim, and only less than one percent of the entire population practices any other religion. The highest peak in Turkey is Mount Agri, where many claim Noah’s Ark came to rest. Turkey is also home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Temple Artemis.
The ancient Greek temple of Apollo was built in Turkey and is still there today. Istanbul, which used to be called Constantinople, was an important capital city in Turkey for many hundreds of years. Constantinople was the capital of the Byzantine Empire. The ornate Turkish carpets that are made in Turkey are highly sought after items and are one of the country’s most well known art forms. Turkey tends to experience a large amount of earthquakes. A large earthquake in 1999 claimed the lives of 18,000 people. It has been said the Turks were the ones to introduce coffee to Europe. The first University in recorded history is located in Harran, Turkey. The famous Trojan Wars took place in Turkey, along with where Julius Caesar was said to have quoted his famous line, “Veni, Vidi, Vici” (I came, I saw, I conquered). The city of Anatolia in Turkey is said to be the birthplace of Santa Claus, the poet Homer, and King Midas, among others.
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